GUYANA: Task Force to improve drainage system

A task force has been established to look at ways to improve and manage the drainage system here.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told reporters that the Minister of Communities will lead the task force.

“The task force will also be expected to prepare a plan for the long -term development of these works which they are going to do. Cabinet will be expecting to be laid before it, a long- term strategy for the drainage of the city of Georgetown,” Harmon said.

“It is expected that the task force will be utilizing the recommendations presented by the team of Dutch engineers, in finding effective drainage solutions for Georgetown. “There are some very serious options. There is going to have to be some radical change in the way we do things and the overall strategy will have to take into account those mandates.”

Last July, the Dutch Risk Reduction team presented a report for the modelling of an effective and efficient drainage system for the city of Georgetown to the Minister of Public Infrastructure.

Last week, Georgetown and other parts of the country were inundated by heavy rainfall.

Georgetown and low-lying parts of communities along the coast were affected by minor flooding due to the heavy rains. (CMC)

7 Responses to GUYANA: Task Force to improve drainage system

  1. Peter January 8, 2017 at 11:39 am

    From what I understand from a Dutch Hydro engineer, If a 300 feet wide by some 30 ft. deep waterway is created, linking the Demerara River from a point on the West bank of the Demerara River opposite the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, to the Essequibo River on its East bank at the point of the Bartica airport. This 36 Km. (24 miles) long waterway will facilitate a full 100 % and more of High tide and heavy rainfall drainage from the important coastline densely populated areas. This massive undertaking will see the formation of a new island just about as large as or larger than Jamaica. all as flat as Florida. That’s solving the water drainage problem. Now here’s the Economic value. A long, large port can be constructed on the Northern stretch of this waterway. It will become the LARGEST trans shipment port in the Caribbean and South America, linking North America, Both Canada and USA, the entire Europe including U.K. with road and rail linkages to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and a whole lot of South American countries. English Language is the main Language spoken in Guyana. This makes it much easier in shipping. This will serve as an important shipping route into and out of the Far Eastern countries like Japan, China, South Korea and all those exporting related countries in that area of the Eastern Pacific. This port, if and when established will more than pay back for itself within ten years as it eill roll in over USD $ 7 BILLION dollars annually into Guyana. and employ over 50 thousand people all told including food service, transportation, security and all the other related labour and administrative services. People from throughout the entire Caribbean will be employed. Government will collect more taxes for infrastructure developments Educated population will boom. Agriculture will benefit as a production, processing and exporting peripheral. All this as a result of creating that waterway.

  2. jrsmith January 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

    All of this been done by the large corporates.. the profits again going one way out of the country.
    The only real development which is going to come on stream is (Cuba ) , 90 miles from the (US).. south America is a disaster area…..

  3. Peter January 8, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    jrsmith, I do not know if you were responding to my developmental program. If you were, remember. There ate three types of people. Those that MAKE tyhings happen, those that WATCH things happen, and those that WWONDER what happened. The government of Guyana is a NEW government with developmental ideas. The previous government exported over USD $ 3 Billion over the last two years. Where did that money go? Into the pockets and offshore accounts of non-black Guyanese. Bartica and Linden remained two impoverished towns with black majority, and which do not have full running water nor electricity. They were neglected. Look carefully at my plan and you will see EVERYONE wi8ll benefit. EVERYONE. No-blacks and previous party supporters are afraid of that. that’s why their propaganda against the David Granger (a black man) led administration. Come again.

  4. Peter January 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Three types of people. Those that MAKE things happen….. and so on…..

  5. Hewers of wood January 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Jrsmith – I can get a bit of what you are saying, however, if we have to be honest the whites have all the Ace$ with all their old slave money handed down which gave them a head start (way ahead) and some countries still collecting reparations for ending slavery from the Africans. Hence our people remain in poverty awaiting handouts from the same people. Look at it happening in Barbados too. Then there are other issues plaguing these islands peoples such as crab in barrel and child in a candy store syndromes. Not to mention heavy STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. Once the so called leaders get in charge they will go into the parliament with a house under bank mortgage and come out with all sorts of companies and assets off their salaries????? No real infrastructural development done by them. But the scriptures tell you that you will go to your ENEMIES in HUNGER, THIRST, NAKEDNESS AND IN WANT OF ALL THINGS. So for now we have to rely on these people and their investments. This is why movies like SAN ANDREAS will become a reality.

  6. Bobo January 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Peter –sorry for late comment–Your visions will be a dream come true for the Caribbean–if only we had government leaders with the same visions—who knows –maybe one day beautiful will wake up–Until then ”Peter” please keep up the good work

  7. Peter January 9, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Bobo Bow. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Our Caribbean can become one Highly successful economy. Phil and I are both international Business Developers. You should hear some of his ideas.


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